Post by Eorl @ 03:03pm 23/10/13 | 3 Comments
While the new trailer may be treading on some familiar ground from the English gameplay trailer launched earlier this month, a handful of new items were given some limelight including the Miiverse tie-in that will let players collect in-game stamps to use on any of their Miiverse posts. Definitely one way to make your discussions more Mario-themed.
Other additions to the newest 3D Super Mario title include four player co-op, various suits to help complete the levels including the adorable cat suit, Mega Shrooms and of course your usual powerups. Check it out below.
Post by Eorl @ 02:44pm 23/10/13 | 0 Comments
Revealed in the Q&A with Killzone Shadow Fall game director Steven ter Heide, the free feature was confirmed back in July that anyone will be able to access the party chat without need of a PlayStation Plus subscription. Sony also confirmed a limit of 2,000 friends and that any current PlayStation 3 or PlayStation Vita friends will carry over to the PlayStation 4 network.
Check out the full Q&A on the PlayStation Blog for further info on Killzone: Shadow Fall and also check out the recent single-player story that is sure to stun a few with its graphical prowess.
Post by Eorl @ 12:29pm 23/10/13 | 2 Comments
“The Sims franchise has the best fans in the world and their passion and enthusiasm is at an all-time high,” said Rachel Franklin, VP and General Manager of The Sims Studio. “Those millions of voices will fuel our development process, helping The Sims 4 to be the most ambitious and the best game our studio has ever made. We can’t wait to see our fans reaction when The Sims 4 comes out in Srping 2014.”
For those who can't quite wait can find pre-orders available through Origin, with a Limited Edition on offer which comes with The Sims 4 Life of the Party Digital Content. Check out the gameplay trailer below for a look at all the new content on offer.
Post by Dan @ 12:11pm 23/10/13 | 3 Comments
The six minute clip offers a good look at some of the intricate detail that goes into creating such an action heavy scene, talking on muzzle flashes, bullet tracers, and volumetric smoke, and how the latest version of the popular Unreal Engine does even more of the heavy lifting. Check it out below.
The first Unreal Engine 4 games are expected to start arriving next year, including Zombie Studios' Daylight, and Tequila Softworks' RIME. Epic Games' own Fortnite had been touted as the first UE4 game, intended to launch in 2013, but EPic has said next to nothing about the game for all of 2013, suggesting it has been substantially delayed.
Post by Eorl @ 11:48am 23/10/13 | 0 Comments
third content update for their Halloween celebrations in Tyria, with the addition of a new challenge called the Tower of Nightmares coming October 29th.
Some new trouble is growing in Kessex Hills. Carefully hidden by magic, the krait have been working tirelessly on a terror unlike anything seen before in Tyria. Marjory Delaqua and Kasmeer Meade are investigating the illusory curtain that’s cloaking part of Viathan Lake, and they need your help! What secret lies behind the veil?The new challenge will task players with teaming up to discover how to destroy the tower as well as unmask the unnamed allies helping along the krait's plans, with suggestions from ArenaNet that the Tower of Nightmares will also tie into Guild Wars 2 lore enabling it for further use outside of the thematic update.
Along with the update ArenaNet are also adding in a new universal healing skill - Antitoxin Spray - that will be available to all professions. The skill will cleanse yourself and nearby allies of poison, torment, confusion, and toxin. Completing the Tower of Nightmares "meta achievement" will also net players a Krait Obelisk Shard artifact to place in their homes that will "serve as a place of power for earning a skill point or charging Quartz Crystals."
Post by Dan @ 11:08am 23/10/13 | 0 Comments
Get ready to conquer the Caribbean seas! From a bold Pirate to a Master Assassin, embody Edward Kenway and fulfill your destiny as you defy empires of the Golden Age of Piracy.Yarr.
The Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3 versions of Black Flag land in Australia on October 29th 2013, followed by PC, Xbox One, PlayStation 4, and Wii U offerings on November 21st.
Post by Eorl @ 10:55am 23/10/13 | 3 Comments
Battlefield 4 features a dramatic character-driven campaign that starts with the evacuation of American VIPs from Shanghai and follows your squad's struggle to find its way home.Giving a brief overview of what to expect from your emotion-driven squad members, the trailer has a number of Battlefield-style moments including the usual high explosions however also features a response to Call of Duty: Ghosts' dog antics: dog punching.
EA has also confirmed through a Twitter post (thanks games.on.net) that pre-loading for the PC version of Battlefield 4 will be available within 24 hours of the game's release. Hoorah.
Battlefield 4 will be launching on PC, PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360 come October 31st, with PlayStation 4 and Xbox One launches coming November 29th and November 22nd respectively.
Post by Dan @ 10:28am 23/10/13 | 0 Comments
“Since we revealed the game in June we’ve been absolutely blown away by the reaction to Titanfall,” said Vince Zampella, a Co-Creator of Call of Duty and Co-Founder of Respawn Entertainment. “The feedback we’re getting from fans around the world is fueling our team as we head towards March and motivating us to deliver an experience that lives up to the hype.”Promotional art suggests that the collector's edition is exclusive to EB Games stores in Australia.
A single screenshot was released along with the announcement, which you can take a closer look at below.
Post by Eorl @ 10:12am 23/10/13 | 0 Comments
The game is set in a near future, thirty years after the events of Killzone 3.With plenty of shots to show off the next-gen power of Sony's PlayStation 4, the new trailer certainly knows how to wow an audience. Check it out below.
Killzone: Shadow Fall will be available on PlayStation 4 come November 29th.
Post by Dan @ 04:49pm 22/10/13 | 2 Comments
share some rumoured details he was reportedly privy to earlier in the year about a product of the same name.
Citing an anonymous source "familiar with goings-on at SEGA", Kotaku describes the game as a first person shooter with stealth and horror elements that is "inspired by games like Dishonored and Bioshock", in the works at Total War developer Creative Assembly, and suggests that the SEGA is taking extra care to distance it from the poor critical reception of GearBox Software's Aliens: Colonial Marines (AusGamers 5.5/10):
According to our source, the protagonist of Alien: Isolation is Amanda Ripley, daughter of Ellen Ripley, the character that made Sigourney Weaver famous and kicked off the ubiquitous sci-fi franchise over 30 years ago. Amanda, who is mentioned in the special edition of Aliens as having died while Ellen was frozen in space, has not yet been the focus of any books, movies, or games in the Alien extended universe.What do you think? Does a first person action game from a studio known for strategy games have the potential wash the bad taste of other recent Aliens game away?
Post by Dan @ 04:18pm 22/10/13 | 1 Comments
NeoGAF forums have spied an unusual bullet point over on tech retailer Dell's website listing for Xbox One pre-orders, touting the ability to run "all your favorite Windows 8 apps" as one of the upcoming console's selling points.
Consider the game officially changed. With all your favorite Windows 8 apps able to be run on and synced to your Xbox One, now your phone, desktop, tablet and TV can all give you a unified web and entertainment experience.In the months since the device's reveal, Microsoft has made no official statements to this supposed fact, only going far as to explain that games played on the console would run in thier own dedicated operating system, with the console's dashboard and supporting software applications running in parallel on another system that is built on the Windows 8 kernal --both of which are nested under a hypervisor host.
Little has been said about or demonstrated of the non-game applications that would be available on the platform, although many have suspected that Microsoft would be able to open up the Windows Store that launched with Windows 8 and Windows RT to the Xbox One platform. It's peculiar that this feature is only listed on Dell's store, so it could be a misunderstanding by the retailer on the device's capabilities, or an accidental leak of information that isn't supposed to be published yet.
Presuming it's factual, we still don't know if that means all Windows 8 Windows Store's "Modern UI" applications will be compatible and made available (presumably the Office Suite is off the cards, as that still even requires the desktop environment on Windows RT), or whether it will be limited to a subset of MS's in-house apps, such as IE, Skype, SkyDrive, and Outlook, that have been specially retooled for console use.
Post by Eorl @ 04:05pm 22/10/13 | 4 Comments
As explained in the Kickstarter pitch below, Eden Star's core gameplay concept is building your base, defending it and exploring its surroundings – alone or with your friends. Of course it wouldn't be a space game if it wasn't held on a foreign planet known as Pharus 7, which hosts a number of beasts ready to rip both your base and yourself apart.
You are an augmented Pioneer deployed from the migration class vessel Eden Star, tasked with unearthing the remnants of the lost colony of Pharus 7, whilst terraforming the surface of this inhospitable, alien world. Equipped with the latest physics-manipulation technology; a mysterious, large, floating island above the planet's core is your domain to explore. You may choose to excavate and gather minerals in order to convert them into buildable resources, or sell them to the Eden Star in exchange for credits to upgrade your armament, outpost, or even purchase blueprints to gain access to further constructible components.Other features that Eden Star boasts include a full day and night cycle that will change the planets face. Build during the day, fight your way through the night hoping you survive long enough to rebuild.
A number of tiered rewards are available if you feel generous, with Flix Interactive promising a Pre-Alpha Combat Tech Demo to any tier upon the successful completion of their Kickstarter. Those feeling super generous can take part in the £5,000 tier reward, which will let you create an area in the game plus sit in on development of Eden Star as well as various other goodies to be had.
Check it out in action below and for full details on the title hit up their Kickstarter page.
Post by Eorl @ 02:50pm 22/10/13 | 0 Comments
Bound by Flame uses the combat system designed for Mars War Logs, the previous Spiders RPG where the highly dynamic and tactical approach to the combat proved a real hit with players, but goes further and offers players even greater variety and tactical depth in battles. This has been made possible by the richness and originality of the game bestiary, where every creature has attacks, special skills and, in particular, behavior that is unique to them, forcing the player to adapt his tactics and combat style depending on the composition of the groups of enemies he encounters. This, combined with the wide range of attacks available to the player, the use of magic and some impressive combat animations, make the battles in Bound by Flame both tactically complex and spectacular.The screenshots below provide a glimpse of what’s in store: here we see the game hero and his companions confronting formidable enemies like the Bone Golem, the general of the armies of the Living Dead and the terrifying Lich.
Bound by Flame is expected to be released sometime in 2014 for PC, Xbox 360, PlayStation 3 and PlayStation 4.
Post by Eorl @ 12:55pm 22/10/13 | 4 Comments
In a new post on their official blog, developer Galactic Cafe has given a very in-depth postmortem on the release of The Stanley Parable, revealing that the game has sold more than 100,000 copies since its launch late last week. We aren't sure if this is the money ending, but its great news for the independent studio.
First up: The Stanley Parable just crossed 100k units sold! This is a lot more than we were expecting, and the shock of a successful launch may have been one of its biggest challenges. Some of the repercussions of this success is affected by business decisions we made 18-24 months ago, long before we ever thought this was going to make any real money! First and foremost, this taught us a single and invaluable lesson: do not expect success, but be prepared in case it happens.The full blog offers a breakdown on just where the studio believes all the success has come from, especially the very elegant demo that left anyone playing bewildered but wanting more.
Currently The Stanley Parable is available on Steam for PC, however the game's creator, Davey Wreden, revealed to GameInformer that a Mac version is in the works and will be available soon.
Post by Eorl @ 12:45pm 22/10/13 | 3 Comments
official Xbox blog.
"Whether they are blockbuster AAA or popular arcade titles, Games with Gold continues to offer a diverse mix of games with two free Xbox 360 titles a month – yours to keep and at no additional cost. According to recent surveys, 97 percent of participating members have given their stamp of approval for Games with Gold, and we’re excited to continue bringing you great games every month as part of our ongoing commitment to providing great value on Xbox 360."
Those who may not know exactly what the program is, Microsoft previously announced at E3 2013 that two free games would be offered every month to Xbox Live Gold members, starting on the 1st and 16th of each month. This month's offerings included Might & Magic Clash of Heroes (October 1st to October 15th) and Halo 3, which is still available until October 31st.
Hopefully the future will see Microsoft's program match Sony's PlayStation Plus membership, which is now required for online play on the PlayStation 4 and offers a number of free titles every month.
Post by Eorl @ 12:16pm 22/10/13 | 0 Comments
With 17 minutes of gameplay at your mercy, the new walkthrough shows off a number of key locations in Gotham City's wintery grounds. It isn't just the buildings of course, with a look at the new UI, combat and changes that the team at WB Games Montréal have to offer for Batman fans.
The Batman: Arkham Origins Official 17 Minute Gameplay walkthrough video features Senior Producer Ben Mattes and Gameplay Director Michael McIntyre at WB Games Montréal as they guide viewers through the mechanics of the new title, highlighting the game’s deep combat system and engrossing narrative. Over the span of 17 minutes, you’ll see the Dark Knight explore the Batcave, beat down on thugs and infiltrate a corrupt Gotham City Police Department.Find the full video below and make sure you keep your eyes peeled to the sky for any sign of the Bat signal.
Batman: Arkham Origins will be available on PC, PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360 come October 25th.
Post by Dan @ 11:55am 22/10/13 | 2 Comments
Bits Blog, EA executive Frank Gibeau has confirmed that the publisher's upcoming mobile slate includes a new small-screen offering in the popular Battlefield franchise. Responding to the query "Can a game like Battlefield really be enjoyable on a smaller screen?", Gibeau had the following to say:
You can play Battlefield on a tablet in commander mode. We are working on a mobile game of Battlefield that will be high-end and high-performance. It’s our bet that we can successfully pull that off. But we’re embarking on something no one has ever done before — to get these games to inter-operate between platforms. Will it work? It already has in some cases. Will it work for all franchises? Not all franchises will make the transition. Battlefield might be a little harder.Gamespot points out that a mobile Battlefield game is likely to be using the recently revealed Frostebite Go tech that EA's mobile division has been developing for iOS and Android platforms.
Post by Eorl @ 11:29am 22/10/13 | 0 Comments
“We wanted to twist the occult horror from Nazi Zombie Army into something more nightmarish, more insane. There’s been a huge focus on making the levels more intimidating and the enemies even more grotesque and challenging.”Those looking to nab a copy early can find Rebellion offering pre-orders for the standalone title with a 20% discount on Steam and also on their official website. Check out the trailer and screenshots below for a spooky look on the zombie armies.
Post by Dan @ 11:13am 22/10/13 | 2 Comments
Outnumbered and outgunned, but not outmatched. Call of Duty®: Ghosts takes players to a world altered by a devastating mass event. Following an elite squad of soldiers known as the "Ghosts," lead the fight back against a newly emerged global power. Call of Duty®: Ghosts arrives 11.5.13.Watch the clip below for a taste of all your favourite Call of Duty staples: guns, explosions, Eminem, and Riley the dog.
Post by Eorl @ 10:36am 22/10/13 | 10 Comments
Focused on the evolvement of the PlayStation brand in the UK, the video was inspired by a recent hashtag #PlayStationMemories which trended worldwide, giving an insight into the fond memories that many of Sony's gaming fans had.
This is the main kick off – a bit of nostalgia before we look forward to PlayStation 4, the biggest in our history. We’re proud of our heritage and how much PlayStation has meant to gamers growing up. Whether you’ve been with us from the start or are about to join us, hopefully everyone can relate to at least a little part of this.While the video may be set in the UK, the video still gives the impression of change over time and teases at the possibilities of the next generation. Check it out below.